Hemsworth MW’s return to league action did not go according to plan as they lost 3-0 to fellow Toolstation NCE Premier Division challengers Bridlington Town.
After 18 days without a league game Wayne Benn’s men were looking to make up for lost time, having been knocked off top spot in their absence. But despite starting well on their travel to the east coast the team lost their way after the break.
Wells took the game to their in-form hosts in the early stages and could have been well in front in the first 20 minutes, but opportunities were spurned and home keeper Tom Jackson made two fine saves before Brid grew into the game.
It was the hosts who broke the deadlock on 35 minutes as Fraser Papprill found the net with an overhead kick after keeper Danny Rusling had punched out a long free-kick into the Wells box.
Joey McFadyen also hit the crossbar direct from a corner, but Brid were fortunate to be ahead at the interval.
Hemsworth’s hopes of hitting back after the break took a knock when Town doubled their lead 12 minutes into the second half, Jake Day netting with a header from close range.
The visitors struggled to get their game going again and Bridlington sealed their victory with a third goal as keeper Rusling lost the ball and McFadyen took advantage to lob the ball into the net.
Hemsworth will now be looking to bounce straight back when they turn to the FA Vase this Saturday with a second round tie away to Irlam, who play in the Premier Division of the North West Counties League. Kick-off is 3pm.
Last Saturday’s result saw Hemsworth drop down to sixth place in the NCE Premier and left manager Benn frustrated.
He said: “We were fantastic for 35 minutes in the first half. Our passing and movement was top drawer and caused all sorts of problems for our opponents.
“We really should have been four or five goals up at that point and it wouldn’t have flattered us.
“Failure to deal with a corner led to us being 1-0 down at the break instead of having a comfortable lead. It knocks the stuffing out of you when you constantly see great chances being spurned – and as we all know goals change games.
“We were poor in the second half. We stopped passing, the work rate wasn’t good enough and Brid were the better side this half. Yet again the goals conceded were poor and I’m just struggling to understand the difference in the performance from the first half to the second half.
“We need to keep working hard, trying to improve in the areas that we need to, and regroup for an important FA Vase game.”